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Artist in Residence 2017

09.06.2017

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Giles Round (b. 1976) lives and works in London, United Kingdom. He graduated from a BA at Middlesex and subsequently an MA from the Royal College of Art, London. His works are dense with historical references, often comic and materially various. Giles creates sculptures and assemblages composed of an array of materials, which includes ready made and ceramic objects, architectural screens and paintings. In his exhibitions he arranges these objects so as to divide space and invite a directed movement around a room. He appropriates craft and design into an art context in an attempt to collapse the hierarchies of applied and fine arts. More mischevous undertones are often camouflaged by safe and interior aesthetics.A firm believer that design and architecture play an active role in well-being, Giles’ work uses these tactics to create immersive and thought-provoking viewer experiences.

Recent solo and collaborative exhibitions include: They bow. Curtain. No applause., Spike Island, Bristol (2017); Design Work Leisure, part of ‘Underline’, Art on the Underground, London, (2015–2016); Printshop!, with Edwin Pickstone, Tramway, Glasgow, (2016); Ettore. Sorry!, J.W.Anderson Workshops, London, (2016); Ljubljana, 1955, Galerija Jakopič, part of Over you/you, 31st Biennial of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana, (2015); AGAIN! SORRY! AGAIN! SORRY!, YOUNG TEAM, London, (2015); The Grantchester Pottery paints the stage, Jerwood Visual Arts, London, (2015)

Seeing a stone seat by the kerb I sat down and crossed my legs, like Walther.

curated by Eva von Ingram Harpf

OPENING: 18.07.2017

Exh. Opening Hours:   Wednesday, 19.07 – Friday, 21.07.2017 from 3-7pm and until August 14.08.2017 open by appointment

Lindsay Lawson
Jimena Mendoza
Giles Round

Taking its title from Samuel Beckett’s fascination with the South Tyrolian Middle High German lyric poet Walther von der Vogelweide, Seeing a stone seat by the kerb I sat down and crossed my legs, like Walther. is the third exhibition of the Thun Ceramic Residency.

This year’s artists in residence, Lindsay Lawson (b. 1982), Jimena Mendoza (b. 1979) and Giles Round (b. 1976) will exhibit a selection of the over one hundred artworks they made during their stay in Bolzano throughout the past two months. Similar to previous iterations, the artists drew influence from their unique surroundings. Ranging from the rocky cliffs rising above the city, to excursions which led them to discover cultural peculiarities from Val Gardena to Verona, the exhibited works are a condensation of their own individual practices mixed with their experiences whilst in residence at THUN.

These year’s exhibition venues tie in closely with the history of the ceramic company: situated opposite of each other on a curvy road in Aslago/Haslach is the first ever showroom of THUN ceramics, operating from 1965-1990, as well as the St. Gertrude Chapel, a sanctuary built in 1777.

When Samuel Beckett writes the sentence Seeing a stone seat by the kerb I sat down and crossed my legs, like Walther. in his short story ‘The Calmative’, he borrows the image of the thinking poet, who famously was depicted in just such a pose whilst contemplating about the fundamental questions of human consciousness.

Language can often prove powerful, yet needing definition it mints an image. It is exactly these images that the three artists provide to this year’s audience.

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Artist in Residence 2017

09.06.2017

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Lindsay Lawson (b. 1982) is an American artist based in Berlin, Germany. Lindsay studied fine arts UCLA in 2007 (MFA, New Genres Program) and was Guest Student with Judith Hopf at the Städelschule, Frankfurt am Main). Spanning film, installation, photo, sculpture, performance and text, the Berlin-based artist “investigates states of infatuation” with the objects she chooses to engage with. This object oriented ontology manifests itself by collecting objects either physically or virtually and re-contextualizing them so that the emotions they elicit become evident, thereby exposing their inner lives. Her interest in shifting understandings of an object’s agency is in line with schools of thought such as object-oriented  new materialism and speculative realism.

Lindsay’s most recent solo exhibitions were Agency, 8-11, Toronto, Canada (2017); Dear Stranger, with Jenine Marsh, Entrée, Bergen, Norway (2017); Arrangements, 1646, The Hague, Netherlands (2016); Lampshading, Canapé Canopy, Auckland, New Zealand (2016) and The Inner Lives of Objects, Gillmeier Rech, Berlin (2016)

Artist in Residence 2017

09.06.2017

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Jimena Mendoza (b. 1979) is a Mexican artist based in Prague, Czech Republic.
 She studied Fine Arts in La Esmeralda, Mexico City and the Master in Visual Arts Program in Academy of Art, Architecture and Design of Prague, Czech Republic.
 In her work Jimena makes matrimony between divergent worldviews in a happily, unexpected and sensual encounters. Her works dialogue between applied arts, crafts and design; she is working mainly with ceramics, collage, glass and drawings. He work is influenced by indigenous and non-Western cultures, which she filters through her own idiosyncratic vision. In the previous years her projects have been influenced by the former Eastern European representations of the future and the gap between history and fiction, to launch anachronic and hybrid relations.

Recently her work has been featured in the following exhibitions: Forgotten Fruits, SVIT, Prague (2017); As if in a foreign country, Galerie nächst St. Stephan Rosemarie Schwarzwälder, Vienna (2016); Casualidad/ Causalidad, Ferdinand Baumann Galerie, Prague (2016); Konstelovat, Kurimanzutto, Mexico City (2016); The Notion of Distance (THREAT), FUTURA, Prague (2016); Shape of relation, Berlinskej Model, Prague (2015).

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Corriere del Trentino

Lucia from the Corriere del Trentino came to visit us and had a long chat about this year’s residency. Find the featured article here.

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Video 33 / SdF

Video 33 / SdF came to visit us again this year. Watch the feature video here.

Italo Zuffi

28.06.16

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This year the Thun Ceramic Residency extends its support of artists working with ceramic also beyond its yearly residency program. The first artist invited to externally make use of the facilities in Bolzano is the Italian sculptor Italo Zuffi. ar/ge kunst presents Italo Zuffi with a solo exhibition dedicated to works the artist conceived years ago but that so far has not been produced or presented just as model. The exhibition is part of a larger collaboration between ar/ge kunst, Nomas Foundation (Rom) and MAN (Museum of Contemporary Art Nuoro). His ceramic sculptures produced at THUN during the last week of June refer to public polls Italo Zuffi collected on journals and magazine in the course of the past years. The works will be presented at ar/ge from the 23 September – 26 November 2016. More information on the exhibition can be found on the website: http://www.argekunst.it.

Curator 2016

10.06.2016

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We are incredibly happy that our friend Samuel Leuenberger will be overseeing this year’s residency and the consequent exhibition. Samuel is a Basel-born independent curator who has been running the not-for-profit SALTS exhibition space in Birsfelden, Switzerland since 2009, which promotes emerging Swiss and international artists. Further on he has been appointed as the new curator for Art Basel’s Parcours sector that this year took place in the Old Town of Basel in June. His great sensitivity to site specific artistic interventions in unconventional spaces is something we are looking forward to in the second exhibition of the Thun Ceramic Residency.

Artist in Residence 2016

04.05.2016

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Rochelle Goldberg, (b. 1984; Vancouver, Canada) lives and works in New York. In her all encompassing installations Rochelle stages sculptural topographies composed of living, ephemeral, and synthetic materials, such as crude oil and chia seeds, in combination with ceramic and steel. The combination of the two challenges the fixity of the art object. With the subject matter inspired by references to art history and philosophy, Rochelle’s ceramic works become a playful studied reflection that seamlessly switch between such vast narratives and inquiries into the politics of visual and tactile perception. Upcoming exhibitions include Cyborg Seduction, BARRO, Buenos Aires (August, 2016); Okayama Art Summit, Okayama, Japan (October, 2016). Recent exhibitions include The Plastic Thirsty, The Sculpture Center, New York; Mirror Cells, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (all 2016).

Artist in Residence 2016

04.05.2016

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Than Hussein Clark (b. 1981, Exeter, New Hampshire) lives and works in London. In his work Than interweaves complicated connections between distant narratives, styles and luxuries. The resulting Gesamtkunstwerk is composed of an amalgamation of carefully crafted objects, often produced in collaboration with artisans. The scripts, performances and plays which Than composes  imbue these reworked realities  with conversations with past artistic figures, from Bruce Chatwin to Madonna. Upcoming presentations include the Liverpool Biennial (with Villa Design Group), Liverpool, England; Museum Ludwig (with Villa Design Group), Cologne, Germany. Recent solo exhibitions include: MIT List Visual Arts Centre (with Villa Design Group), Massachusetts, USA; Solo Presentation with Mathew Gallery, Miart Art Fair, Milan, Italy (all 2016) and The Violet Crab at DRAF, David Roberts Art Foundation, London (2015).